Psychological ethics in Israel: Riding the winds of fashion to guide transformative changes

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This article offers a narrative dimension to the evolution of professional ethics in psychology in Israel. The similarities and differences with ethics in the United States frame the discussion. The author's viewpoint and involvement in promoting ethics in academic and professional settings opens the article. This is followed by consideration of the licensing of the profession in 1977, and the ethics requirements that followed. Cultural developments that influenced Israeli society in the direction of greater individual autonomy and disillusionment with paternalism are discussed. The Patient's Rights Law of 1996, the Ethiopian Blood crisis of 1996, and the sexual boundary violations of psychologist Falach in 1992 have had important implications for psychology in Israel. Examining ethics education, the requirements for ethical research, and current ethics resources for psychologists show that although much has been accomplished, there still remains a great deal to be done.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-276
Number of pages12
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Bioethics in israel
  • Cross-cultural comparisons
  • Patient rights
  • Psychological ethics in israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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